Serena Williams crip walking after she won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics wasn't a big deal. Sure, a precious few decided to blow it out of proportion just for the sake of blowing it out of proportion but, mostly, the incident passed without creating a major stir.
During a pre-U.S. Open press conference, things didn’t go over as smoothly.
Here is the exchange Williams (unfortunately) decided to have with a reporter who, for whatever reason, rubbed her the wrong way:
In case you missed it: "First of all, it was just a dance," she said (as transcribed by Yahoo! Sports). "I didn't know that's what it was called. Second, why are you asking me that? Like that's so — I mean — if anything you should be trying to ask me questions to lift me up, not bring such things. I'm done with that question."
The problem with that, as noted by Jeff Eisenberg, is that Williams did know what it was called. Here is what she said right after her celebration when she was asked about it:
"Actually, there is a name," she said. "But I don't know if I — it's inappropriate. It's just a dance we do in California."
So, yeah – she knew what the dance was called, she knew the history behind it, and she did it anyway because she didn’t care. That’s perfectly fine. Nobody cares. Crip walking has been watered down to nothingness over the last however many decades. Nobody actually associates it with Crips anymore. Aside from people looking be fake outraged, nobody was or is outraged.
There shouldn’t be a story here; unfortunately, by virtue of her testy response, Williams inadvertently created one.
(Kudos Yahoo! Sports)
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